Message from the Headmistress
A massive thank you to all parents who assisted their children in providing Victorian costumes for our through school event yesterday. I have to say it was a superb day and as the photos and videos seep out through social media it was clearly much enjoyed by all. The staff thoroughly enjoyed their dressing up day too and the spirit engendered was awesome to witness. It was doubly interesting for me as alongside our ‘pretence’, I spent much of the day with our researcher, Carol, preparing historical evidence of the school’s 140 years in pictures and documents in preparation for the big events on Saturday.
I am very grateful for those pupils who have volunteered to help at out at the former pupil event running at the same time as the Junior School Garden Party. We have a confirmed attendance at this event of over 140 people. Some travelling a considerable distance (South Africa – Is this the furthest I wonder?) to be here to share our celebrations. The Gala Dinner on Saturday evening is all set to go and we can’t wait to feel the buzz!
Thank you to Mrs Griffiths and Mrs O’Looney who organised the Year 11 Prom at Bestwood Lodge on Thursday night for our leavers. It was a great night and everyone looked beautiful / dapper in their splendid outfits. So well groomed… Thanks to Mr Thompson our official Prom photographer – I look forward to seeing the images shortly and also thanks to the Friends of Hollygirt for their contribution of the photo booth. (I think some staff had a go too).
The Friends of Hollygirt held their AGM on Wednesday night and it was clear that the small committee had a great year of fundraising, of spending to benefit the pupils of the school and in contributing to events. A full summary of their activities will be printed on the end of term Holly Leaves.
Year 10 had a careers Conference Day on Wednesday. They did their Morrisby profiling assessments which will be followed up next term with a full careers interview with our independent consultant. A number of former pupils returned to share the stories of their post-16 years and beyond. Thank you to Kimmy Mokaya, Ellie Smith, Aine Diamond, Rosie Barrett-Tuxford, Ashleigh Overton and Micky Johnson for giving their time to this event.
On Tuesday, our 5 new staff for September spent the day in school familiarising themselves with us. We can’t wait for Anna Jepson (Spanish), Alex Firth (Biology and Head of Science) , Neil Rollinson (Maths) , Matt Dilger (ICT) and Sarah Hall (History) to join our team. I know they will be fantastic teachers!
Today, Friday, Year 7 and 8 are in Skegness. Seaside on a sunny day – what could be nicer? This afternoon, the Second Hand Uniform Shop is open at no 9 Villa Road.
Moving into our penultimate week of term next week things look, on the surface, a little quieter. We will welcome our September starters to school: juniors on Wednesday and seniors on Thursday. I am looking forward to seeing them!
I am aware that some of the best of the maintained schools are massively oversubscribed for Year 7 entry and there are many children still without schools for September. Should you meet anyone who is at a loss what to do, please suggest Hollygirt as a possible alternative. Remember your recommend vouchers!
I have a Parents Forum scheduled for Friday after school at 4.00pm. If anyone would like to raise any agenda items or attend the event please contact Lucy (firstname.lastname@example.org). If there are no items, I will cancel this late in the term meeting.
The Friends of Hollygirt committee are always looking for a helping hand. Can you spare a few hours to help with the Second Hand Uniform Shop? The committee is particularly looking for volunteers to help out next week for the new starters wanting to purchase second hand uniform.
With our busy Saturday to come in what has surely been the busiest week of the whole academic year, we wish you all a lovely sunny and relaxing weekend.
Message from the Head of Juniors
I very much enjoyed the EYFS and Year 1 Prize Giving ceremony on Monday morning. We are so proud of everything these children have achieved this year and it was lovely to see them perform and talk to us about their time in Nursery, Reception and Year 1. This was followed by EYFS Sports Day and even though it was a very warm day, we saw some really quick finishes to races; a great effort by all.
Thank you everyone for making such a great effort yesterday for Victorian Day. We had a fantastic time even though some of the teachers looked a bit scary! I think the children were surprised to learn what school was like in Victorian times but very much enjoyed the activities and workshop.
Today, Years 1 to 6 are having some additional tennis coaching at Magdala Tennis Club. Thank you to Mr Ockelford for organising this.
Tomorrow is, of course, the Garden Party and I look forward to seeing you all there. The weather looks to be very hot but there will be plenty of refreshments on offer as well as many different stalls and games. Thank you to the parents, staff and children for donating, helping to run stalls and for attending. A special mention to Mrs Wand who co-ordinates this event; I know how much work goes into this.
On Monday, our end of term productions will be performed; Years 1 to 6 need to go straight to St Jude’s in the morning and need to be there by 8:45am (but no earlier than 8:00am); they will remain there for the rest of the day. Please join us in the afternoon; the shows will begin at 2:00pm.
All junior children in Nursery to Year 5 will fly up to their next classes next Wednesday afternoon. This will give them the opportunity to find out a little more about the next year and meet new pupils who will be joining us in September.
On Thursday, Year 1-6 will all be taking part in our annual Swimming Gala. This starts at 9:30am at the Ken Martin Swimming Pool. Children should come to school first and will be transported there and back to school by coach.
Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
Head of Juniors